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August Newsletter 2014

August 01, 2014 201408


Part of the Family

 

John MacArthur has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church for forty-five years. His commitment to truth and expository preaching has always been in the context of-and out of love for-the local church. He put it this way:

 

I love the church. It's the center of my life and has been since childhood. My father was the pastor of a church when I was born, and I grew up in the church. It's the place where I was led to the knowledge of God, where I learned about the Person and work of Christ, and where I gained the knowledge of saving and sanctifying truth. It's where I learned how to pray, how to sing, how to worship, how to love, and how to serve. And it was in the church that I experienced the leading of the Spirit of God directing me to a life of ministry.

 

I met my wife in the church. We raised our children in the church, and now our grandchildren, too. It's where I've made lifelong friends and partners in ministry. The church touches every part of my life-in fact, you could say it is my life.

 

Whether or not you've grown up in the church, if you're a Christian, the local church should play a central role in your life as well. To help you see why, later this month the "Grace to You" broadcast will feature John's series The Anatomy of a Church. And to help you dive deeper into why the church is so important, and what your role in it should be, here are more resources:

 

Built to the Master's Plan (article)

Making the Most of Your Church, Parts 1 and 2 (Q&A)

Personal Commitment to the Church, Parts 1 and 2 (sermons)

Why You Should Join the Church (sermon)

Marks of a Healthy Church (audio series)

The Master's Plan for the Church (book)

 

 


On the Blog

How do you grow spiritually? What is the connection between your effort and God's power? Is there really anything you can do to experience spiritual growth? These are the kinds of questions answered in our recent series on sanctification. In a study of two powerful passages of Scripture-1 John 3:4-10 and Philippians 2:12-13-John MacArthur brings clarity and balance to an issue that often leads to either antinomianism (lawlessness) or legalism (working to achieve a righteous standing before God).

 

This month we'll be featuring Rahab in The Portraits of Godliness
series. Her life was anything but godly, until she expressed faith in the one true God. Join us for biblical insights from a most unlikely ancestor of the Messiah.

 

 


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